Eight gymnastics coaches trained

The Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association–sponsored coaching clinic welcomed eight recipients for its two-day Level One training session.

Just in time for the program to pick back up for the new year, the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association (PRGA)–sponsored coaching clinic welcomed eight recipients for its two-day Level One training session this past weekend.

Led by Gymnastics BC’s president Twyla Ryan, the eight student coaches covered theory, gymnastics foundations and artistic gymnastics, read a press statement from PRGA on Monday.

With no formal gymnastics program for Prince Rupert residents during the past decade, Ryan’s training is invaluable to start a base of National Coach Certification Program (NCCP)-level leaders for the North Coast.

“Twyla’s course was instrumental in rebuilding Rupert’s coaching ranks,” said PRGA president Will Spat.

The training session seems to be a first in what PRGA hopes to be many like it coming in the future for Rupert-area coaches, including higher coaching-level sessions. Other gymnastics disciplines that require more leadership include rhythmic, trampoline, aerobic, active, start and acrobatic.

“Once coaches have completed their theory and foundations and are duly experienced, they may further specialize and advance qualifications in their areas of choice,” read the release.

“Prince Rupert Gymnastics has a great group of enthusiastic participants,” said Ryan, who hails from Kimberley, B.C.

The student coaches came from as far as Kitimat for the weekend session.

PRGA classes commence Sunday, Jan. 18.